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Psychology - 21.11.2023
How video games can make it easier to discuss mental health
Depression is common among young people, but this target group often does not get the help they need. Books, exercise, and other depression prevention programmes do not achieve the envisioned results for everyone. Video games might help reach another part of this target group. Anouk Tuijnman co-developed two applied video games to target depression in adolescents and will defend her PhD at Radboud University on 28 November.

Psychology - 13.11.2023
Babies cry less thanks to skin-to-skin contact
Babies cry less thanks to skin-to-skin contact
It appears beneficial for mothers and babies to have one hour of skin-to-skin contact per day in the first five weeks after birth. Mothers who do so may experience less anxiety and fatigue, and often continue to breastfeed for longer. Their babies cry less and may sleep longer. These are the conclusions of behavioural psychologist Kelly Cooijmans, who defended her PhD dissertation at Radboud University on 17 November.

Politics - Psychology - 31.10.2023
Emotions in politics: not the usual pattern
People often feel strongly about politics and this drives their behaviour. For instance, anxiety often motivates people to learn more about a political issue and anger brings us to the voting booth. But we know relatively little about where these emotions come from or how to predict them. Political scientist Isabella Rebasso studied political emotions and found they do not follow the usual pattern of emotions, as we know them in everyday life.

Career - Psychology - 30.08.2023
Valuing employee talents
Valuing employee talents
Haiko Jessurun defended his PhD thesis at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences on August 29th. Employees often possess a wider range of talents than they need for their jobs; for example, they may be musically gifted or have great visual thinking capabilities. If these capabilities are not seen and valued, there is a higher risk of what PhD candidate Haiko Jessurun calls "chronic relative underperformance" (CRU).

Psychology - 15.08.2023
Anxious people use less suitable section of brain to control emotions
When choosing their behaviour in socially difficult situations, anxious people use a less suitable section of the forebrain than people who are not anxious. This can be seen in brain scans, as shown by the research of Bob Bramson and Sjoerd Meijer at the Donders Institute of Radboud University. For example, an anxious and a non-anxious person both run into someone whom they've been in love with for quite some time.

Psychology - 31.05.2023
New open data resource for studying video game play and its effects on well-being
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Oxford and Tilburg University have collaborated with game developer FuturLab to create a unique open online data resource to study the effects of playing video games on the well-being of players. The scientists worked with FuturLab to develop a research edition of video game PowerWash Simulator.

Psychology - Health - 27.03.2023
Child abuse affects mental health of men and women differently
Men and women are affected very differently by childhood trauma, according to a new international study led by Maastricht University (UM). Women with psychological problems in later life are more likely to have experienced emotional trauma and sexual abuse as children, while men's mental-health problems are more likely to result from emotional and physical neglect during childhood.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 15.03.2023
Children's drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Children’s drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Potential talents of children with characteristics of giftedness are not always seen in mainstream education. Children's drawings, however, can play a role in early detection of their needs and talents, argues psychologist Sven Mathijssen in his dissertation titled "Back to the drawing board: Potential indicators of giftedness in human figure drawings," which he defends on March 22, 2023 2:00 pm.

Psychology - 07.02.2023
Psychology researchers disregard scientific evidence due to lack of statistical knowledge
When do research results provide sufficient evidence to support a hypothesis? It turns out that psychology researchers are usually unable to judge this properly. They often demand more evidence than is necessary. As a result, valid research sometimes ends up in the desk drawer and therapies or interventions with potential never reach the treatment room.